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View Poll Results: Would you consider yourself an expert in your chosen field?
Yes. I have my field of expertise totally locked down. Come at me. 27 19.85%
Yes. But I have a lot of room to grow. 81 59.56%
No. But I am learning and getting there. 19 13.97%
No. And honestely I don't know how I still have my job. 3 2.21%
I am not in the line of work I would like to be in but that will change in the future. 4 2.94%
I am not in the line of work I would like to be in and probably never will be. 2 1.47%
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:50 AM  
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Would you consider yourself an expert in your chosen field?

I know the question is a bit open ended.

Been reading and watching a number of things about people working on their craft or becoming experts in their chosen jobs and it is always interesting to me. Saw a few documentaries with a few guys...one is a famous fashion photographer for the NY Times and the other owns one of the world's most highly regarded sushi restaurants (it only has 10 seats).

It was eye opening how both of these guys made their work their lives...there wasn't room for anyone else. They are at the top of their game professionally and still are never content rest or even admit success. In the first example so much that they wondered if he ever had a romantic relationship in his life.

These are extreme cases but do you constantly work and strive to improve your abilities or what you bring to the table in your line of work? Would you call yourself an expert? Or do you get to that point where you reached a level of happiness where work maintains the life you want to live away from it.

Currently contemplating my own work life balance and I always find the varied perspectives of CP'ers compelling.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #46
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I've been doing the same thing for over 20 years. While I'm very good at what I do, I also know that you never know it all and there's always room for improvement
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:58 PM   #47
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #48
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Correct it is a pop3 account and I have contacted my e-mail server,my web page designer,Apple and even had a close friend who is good with these things and still no luck.I have the phone set up like my laptop which works fine and my previous phone,an android was set up the same and worked fine.
Well the problem must be with the SMTP configuration portion. Something in that portion is not correct. That's the only logical possibility. I'd go back to the SMTP server settings, and when you get to the Primary Server field, click again on the server listing to bring up the details of the SMTP server. Ensure that host name is correct. Ensure that the user name is correct. I'd try both youremail@yourserver.com and simply "youremail" without the @yourserver.com. Enter your password again there as well. If you need SSL, be sure that it's turned on there. Be sure the port number is correct.

Be sure that you're using the e-mail address from the server you're sending from too. Meaning if you have 2 e-mail addresses, like joeblow@yahoo.com and joeblow@gmail.com, and you're trying to send mail using gmail's SMTP server, you have to provide the joeblow@gmail.com name and password for authentication to your SMTP server. I've seen people in that situation use another e-mail address, but SMTP servers will deny it unless it's an address from their service.

This type of issue is generally always a mixup of SMTP info details. There's very little else that would cause it to fail.

If none of that works, I'd delete the account from the phone, and add it again. You won't lose any e-mail or anything.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #49
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:08 PM   #50
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:44 PM   #51
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Changed roles at my company about a year ago. Went from being a data analyst (manager of a team) to a business analyst.

Still have a lot to learn in the new role and I am working towards a certification. Not an expert in the overall job but working of getting there.
Why did you switch? And do you like the change thus far?
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #52
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I have been in my business for ten years+ . I pretty much know nearly everything there is to know about my part of the field. I do accept there are still some things out there I could learn, but I have a wealth of knowledge.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:53 PM   #53
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:54 PM   #54
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I have been in my business for ten years+ . I pretty much know nearly everything there is to know about my part of the field. I do accept there are still some things out there I could learn, but I have a wealth of knowledge.
Yeah, whatever...as long as there's a place to take a shit after eating those belly-bombs they feed us for lunch, that's all the knowledge I need.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:30 PM   #55
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I'm very good at what I do and have a different approach than most in my field. My issue is that Being great today doesn't mean you're good tomorrow, because things change so fast. Too many things in my field for someone to know everything.

Hell, today my new guys were showing me something I didn't know how to do.

I think any time you get significant experience in a field, it's not so much that you know which button to push every time, but have the know-how and the can-do that you know what you want to do and you can figure out a way to do it to get the desired outcome.

That's the difference between someone who is good and someone who is experienced and good.


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Old 01-22-2013, 07:43 PM   #56
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Honestly I don't think about it. I live by an old rule. If you have to tell someone you're smart then you're not.

So as a parallel if you have to tell someone you're an expert then you're not. Just do your shit, if you're good people will listen to you or ask your advice. That's your answer to if you're an expert.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #57
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #58
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I think "expert" is determined by your value to others not based on a self assessment. How often do people come to you for assistance? How often do they return for more advice later? If you're the local, regional, or national go-to guy for a particular subject matter, trade, or craft, you're an expert.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #59
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I'm an office manager and I would consider myself pretty damn good at what I do (especially) compared to the others at my work, but I know there are thousands of people in the rest of the world that would just annihilate me at my job. I'm the best where it counts though lol
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I think "expert" is determined by your value to others not based on a self assessment. How often do people come to you for assistance? How often do they return for more advice later? If you're the local, regional, or national go-to guy for a particular subject matter, trade, or craft, you're an expert.
well if that's the benchmark I'm the ****ing man lol
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